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2016 Lilac Festivals


Lilac festivals are among the first outdoor festivals of the year. They herald the beginning of the spring, and a new outdoor gardening season. The timing of the festivals can be somewhat problematic. Cooler springs delay the flowering, while hotter than normal weather, can bring the blossoms out earlier than anticipated. If you travel to a festival, find out when it is being held, and go during the middle of the event. Try to find out how the lilacs are doing- is an early, on-time or late bloom expected?

The Rochester, N.Y. lilac festival is the biggest and best of them all. It has one of the the largest displays of lilacs, boasting 500 varieties over 22 acres in Highland Park. The annual Lilac Festival lasts for two weeks, and includes a wide range of events, exhibits, Lilac10K races, craft displays, bands and concerts, and much more.The American Bus Association lists it among it's "Top 100 Events", as bus tours from all over the U.S. and Canada bring tourists there.

2016 Lilac Festival Sites and Dates:

Enjoy the Lilacs! Here are links to lilac festival locations and information. Make arrangements for your overnight stay well in advance. The popularity of these festivals causes area hotels to fill up quickly.

Rochester, NY Lilac Festival In addition to a huge  collection of Lilacs, the Annual Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY includes a parade, 5K and 10k races,  concerts, wine and cheese tasting, plenty of food and craft booths, a craft beer garden, and much more..The festival will be held May 6-15, 2016. Make plans to be there today!

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival - Held June 3-10, on Mackinac Island, Michigan. See their website for 2015 festival dates.

Spokane, Wa. Lilac Festival - Held May 21, 2016

Royal Botanical Gardens - Hamilton/Burlington, Ontario, Canada Home of the world's largest collection of varieties of French hybrid lilacs. There's over 700 lilac varieties. Check their website for the 2016 Lilac Festival dates and activities. 


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